Nov. 20, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue senior Adam Schenk has been selected as the Indiana Golf Association John K. David Player of the Year, it was recently announced by the organization.
Schenk began the 2013 tournament season with a victory at the state's most prestigious event for amateurs, the Indiana Amateur Championship.
Held in mid-June at South Bend Country Club, it was there that Schenk proved he could compete with the best amateur golfers in Indiana. Schenk fired an opening round of 5-under-par 67 to get off to a good start and he finished the four day tournament at 5-under-par, which was enough for a seven-shot victory.
In early July, Schenk looked for back-to-back Indiana Major wins at the Indiana PGA State Open. Although he didn't finish first in this event, he proved he can play with not only the state's best amateurs, but also some of the state's best professionals. Schenk finished in a tie for fourth at the State Open at the Hawthorns G & CC with a four-day total of 2-under-par.
After a victory at the State Am and a top-five finish at the State Open, Schenk attempted to qualify for the US Amateur Championship along with 57 young hopefuls. The qualifier was held at Otter Creek GC in Columbus, Ind. and Schenk finished in a tie for first with rounds of 68 and 70, for a 36-hole total of 6-under-par in qualifying for the event.
Schenk went on to make the cut and qualify for the match-play portion of competition at the US Amateur Championship. Although he lost his first match, participating in this event was a great way to wrap up an outstanding season.
This is Schenk's third Player of the Year Award after being named the Junior Prep Tour Player of the Year in 2004 and the Junior Program Player of the Year in 2008.
So far during his senior year at Purdue, Schenk is averaging a 72.57 stroke average with two top-10 finishes, four top-20 finishes and a second-place showing at the Crooked Stick Invitational. He has helped the Boilermakers to a 50-12-3 head-to-head record and a No. 42 ranking in the latest NCAA / Golfweek national rankings.